04:49 PM EDT 05/23/2013
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:45PM
The talent pool got a bit deeper on The Voice Monday, when a new crop of artists of all ages had chairs turning on another night of blind auditions.
Ryan Innes, who performed last, impressed all four judges with his righteous yet controlled soul bend on John Mayer's bluesy "Gravity."
He picked Usher as his coach but not without mounds of praise from the competition.
"This is the most fun I've had listening all day," Blake Shelton told Innes, a rounded and bearded blue-eyed soul singer from Thatcher, Ariz.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:30PM
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean's favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
"I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows," Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. "For me, if I'm not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable."
That said, the singer, who's currently in the middle of his Night Train tour, doesn't hold it against his buddies Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for what they do on The Voice and American Idol.
Originally posted 04/05/2013 05:30PM
"Daddy and son waiting for Milan's passport!" Voice judge Shakira captions this adorable picture
Originally posted 04/02/2013 10:35PM
The Voice's celebrity coaches added some powerhouse talent to their rosters Tuesday during the fourth day of blind auditions, which featured songs by Adele, Taylor Swift, Joe Cocker and more.
Country sweetheart Savannah Berry, a 17-year-old singer from Houston, helped score a major victory for Team Blake in the final moments of the show with a confident version of Swift's aptly titled "Safe and Sound."
The performance wowed Blake Shelton, Shakira and Adam Levine (who scored a major coup Monday night when he snatched away a country singer from Shelton for the first time). Yet Levine seemed to know he was toast when Berry named Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, as one of her musical influences, while Shelton tantalizingly hoisted his wedding ring in the air.
"You're so good," Levine pleaded with Berry before she made her choice. "You're so screwed," Shelton said to Levine.
Originally posted 04/01/2013 11:00PM
The third night was the charm for a new crop of The Voice contestants, who covered Tom Petty, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry – and even songs by judges Shakira and Blake Shelton Monday night.
But there was also heartbreak: Julie Roberts, a gold-record selling country artist who hit fame in 2004 – only to be dropped by her label in 2010 – failed to turn the chairs of any judges in a comeback bid, even as she sang Shelton's "God Gave Me You."
"She just kind of fell through the cracks in the business and it's not fair," Shelton said of her talents once he saw who had performed his song. "I just feel really bad that I didn't turn my chair around."
Roberts, 33, who lost everything she owned in the 2010 Nashville flood and was also diagnosed with MS the same year, took the tough news well. "God just has another path for me and I have to find that," she said.
Originally posted 03/29/2013 09:45AM
Though simple hair and pretty makeup helped soften her look, Christina Aguilera is definitely showing off a harder body these days.
When it comes to how many pounds she's lost, The Voice star – who once declared, "I don't weigh myself" – hasn't said. But a source close to the singer confirms she is working out at home regularly and "exploring new methods of exercise" with different trainers, including weight training with fitness guru Tee Sorge.
She's also "getting into healthier, fresh eating," and that includes trading in her usual burger for seared tuna salad or sushi at her favorite L.A. restaurant, Hillstone.
Originally posted 03/26/2013 07:30PM
We can't decide if we're loving Shakira's low-key look or if we miss Aguilera's over-the-top theatrics
Originally posted 03/26/2013 04:30PM
Blake Shelton is ambling toward a dressing room backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, nodding and offering a good-natured grin to a group of women clustered in a doorway watching him pass by.
One blonde onlooker – the mother of another act, it turns out – giggles and swoons as he walks past, grabbing the door frame to steady herself. A few feet down the crowded hall, a pair of young women – relatives of another artist on the evening's bill – approach, hoping for a hug and a picture. Blake supplies both, calling out jovially, "Can you crop out my third chin?"
Before the photo's even snapped, an autograph-seeking circle forms around him.
Originally posted 03/26/2013 01:00PM
It would be easy for cynics to dismiss Blake Shelton's eighth studio album as a product of synergistic opportunism more than artistic inspiration.
After all, Based on a True Story ... drops the same week that Shelton returns as a coach for the fourth season of The Voice. What a coinkydink?
But the ever-engaging country star smoothly wins over the skeptics. Hey, the dude isn't the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year (third time running) for nothing.
Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:55PM
The Voice is back! And there are new celebrity coaches.
Shakira, who welcomed a son, Milan, in January, and Usher officially took over for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera Monday night, joining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the show's two-hour season 4 premiere.
The quartet kicked off the show with a group performance of the Beatles' "Come Together," with Levine on drums and Shakira playing a harmonica while Shelton and Usher traded licks on guitars.
But it was the emotional backstories of several contestants that stole the show.
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